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Summer 2005

Message from the dean

My initial year as dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Education has been marked by a number of important events. Few hold as much promise as the restructuring and expansion of the CLAE Alumni Council. Following a survey of alumni from our College, which produced a talented pool of alumni respondents who expressed their desire to assist and support the College in a number of ways, the council revised its by-laws and elected officers with Tom Van Esley ’75 as president, Elaine Jirkans ’94, as vice president, and Rene Saenz ’75, as secretary. In addition, the council was restructured with the creation of several new committees.

One of these committees was the Program Committee, which is establishing a calendar of College events that the council will help sponsor and support throughout the academic year. The initial event they chose to be involved with this semester was to encourage alumni to purchase tickets and attend the final performance of Godspell, a joint UDM-Marygrove musical. The council, in addition, sponsored an Afterglow immediately following the production for all alumni in attendance. Having the Alumni Council support various events and activities will allow the College to enhance and expand these events and activities throughout the College.

If you were one of the alumni who responded to the alumni survey but have not yet been contacted, please be patient. Council members have carefully reviewed the pool of alumni willing to serve on the council and have carefully attempted to match the needs of the council with the talents and abilities of alumni. As the council begins to plan events for the coming academic year, other alumni will be contacted to assist. I foresee our Alumni Council continuing to expand its role as a pillar of support for the College. I would invite any CLAE alumnus interested in being involved to e-mail to be added to the list of alumni volunteers. You can read more about the efforts of the Alumni Council in a letter from President Tom Van Esley.

Although the list of recent newsworthy events in the College is lengthy, several bear mentioning.

Alumni of the College of Liberal Arts and Education have a world of reasons to be proud of their College. Your support of the College, both financial and otherwise, is deeply appreciated and absolutely crucial to continuing to strengthen our College. We thank you.

Charles Marske
Dean, College of Liberal Arts and Education